Hayden Donnell

Hayden Donnell is a former staff writer for The Spinoff, currently living in the UK.

Media
Apr 10, 2018

Another incredibly stupid week in the never ending transport debate

Hayden Donnell runs down the latest media salvos in the ongoing battle between road warriors and public transport champions.

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Media
Dec 30, 2017

Huzza! (Re)introducing The Spinoff’s Ultimate Summer Media Drinking Game

Ever noticed that every summer news story is recycled from previous years? We've even regurgitated this drinking game from to improve, or at least anaesthetise, your holiday news reading experience.

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Society
Dec 25, 2017

Summer Reissue: Finding Rosemary: In search of the unsung hero who invented Kiwi Onion Dip

Who invented Kiwi Onion Dip, and why isn’t there a gold statue of that person on top of Mt Cook? Hayden Donnell goes on a wildly emotional search for an unheralded New Zealand genius.

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Great British Gaming
Dec 21, 2017

Why the UK is the gaming industry’s secret MVP

The Spinoff's Blighty correspondent Hayden Donnell meets some UK game developers to find out why the US gaming industry might be better off shifting operations to the Motherland.

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Media
Nov 22, 2017

Please pray for these Aucklanders whose homes are making too much money

Spare a thought for the true victims of the housing crisis, beseeches Hayden Donnell

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Auckland
Oct 30, 2017

How to calm down if you’re mad at the Auckland fuel tax

If you’re anything like the Herald’s readers, you’ve spent most of the last week weeping about Labour’s fuel tax. Hayden Donnell provides some good reasons to rein in your grief.

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Politics
Sep 26, 2017

All the people I’m extremely mad at after the election

Enough of the objective electoral examinations and commitments to creating a better country in spite of the Government. It’s time for irresponsible anger and finger-pointing, observes Hayden Donnell.

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Politics
Sep 15, 2017

Verdict: This election sucks now and should be over

Finally, an election column we can all agree with! Hayden Donnell argues the election sucks now and is driving us all to the brink of madness and beyond.

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Politics
Aug 25, 2017

Wait, that National Party campaign tune does sound a lot like this Bob Dylan song

Three years ago, National was landed in hot water over the music used in a campaign ad. Surely it wouldn’t risk any kind of repeat? Surely. Or would it? Hayden Donnell jumps down the rabbit hole.

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Politics
Aug 17, 2017

Which online political tool is best for you? Use our online tool to help you find the best online tool

Confused by all the online tools analysing which party you align best with? Don’t worry, Hayden Donnell is here to help.

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Politics
Aug 10, 2017

Dirty Politics turns three: where are Cam, Jason, Carrick and the rest now?

Three years ago today Dirty Politics was published, lighting the fuse on an extraordinary election campaign. Hayden Donnell looks into what the cast of Nicky Hager’s book have been up to since.

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Auckland
Aug 5, 2017

Why won’t National fund the most obvious transport project for Auckland?

National has released its $2.6 billion dollar plan to fix Auckland’s traffic Armageddon. Hayden Donnell clutches his head and screams into the void over it leaving the single most obviously popular and important transport project for the city off its funding list.

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Politics
Jul 27, 2017

The rot goes deep: more blatant ‘political fraud’ for Patrick Gower to investigate

Patrick Gower has slammed Metiria Turei for trying to 'get attention' and 'win votes' just 'eight weeks out from an election'. Hayden Donnell lifts the lid on just how deep …

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Politics
Jul 20, 2017

Our body language expert decodes Winston Peters’ interview with Duncan Garner

Winston Peters battled Duncan Garner to the death in a live TV interview this week. Spinoff body language expert Hayden Donnell scoured the footage for hidden secrets.

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Politics
Jul 11, 2017

Revealed: Winston Peters has never had a racist approach to anything

You’ll never believe it, but the election race is heating up and people are fighting over whether the NZ First leader has made racist statements. Hayden Donnell comes out in Winston’s defence.

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Politics
Jul 4, 2017

Argh! National has said so many dumb things about transport and housing in the last 48 hours

It's just been a very bad start to the week from the government when it comes to statements on transport and housing, weeps Hayden Donnell.

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Politics
Jun 21, 2017

All the untruths, evasions and, um, bullshit in the Todd Barclay debacle 

Yesterday Newsroom posted a scoop on Todd Barclay’s weird, possibly illegal recordings of one of his former employees. Hayden Donnell keeps track of all the falsehoods unfurling out of the story.

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Media
Jun 9, 2017

Our honest opinion regarding Colin Craig

This morning Radio NZ reported Colin Craig was launching legal action against his former press secretary Rachel MacGregor - though Craig says he used to want to do that but doesn’t anymore. Hayden Donnell responds to the news with his honest opinion.

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Politics
Jun 6, 2017

Corbyn copy: the lessons of a resurgent UK Labour for Andrew Little’s crew

Wait, Jeremy Corbyn could actually become the prime minister? How might the Labour Party in New Zealand copy its British counterpart and lessen the electoral despair, asks Hayden Donnell in a dispatch from somewhere or other in the UK

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Life Insurance
Mar 7, 2017

The icy hand of death reaches for you at every turn. Are you prepared?

All evidence points to one hard fact: it is incredibly improbable that you will remain alive. Hayden Donnell recommends either signing up for life insurance or fleeing to an apocalypse bunker this very minute.

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Society
Feb 20, 2017

Finding Rosemary: In search of the unsung hero who invented Kiwi Onion Dip

Who invented Kiwi Onion Dip, and why isn’t there a gold statue of that person on top of Mt Cook? Hayden Donnell goes on a wildly emotional search for an unheralded New Zealand genius.

Read on.

Politics
Feb 10, 2017

Labour is totally unified and everything is fine

The Labour Party has been accused of internal bickering and crisis-level disunity this week. Hayden Donnell sets the record straight.

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Television
Jan 27, 2017

All the ways that The Path is DEFINITELY NOT about Scientology at all

People keep saying The Path is a TV show about Scientology. Hayden Donnell sets out to demolish these false prophets and their suppressive allegations.

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Society
Jan 23, 2017

Undercover at the opening of Scientology’s new Auckland headquarters

The Church of Scientology opened a new $16 million headquarters in Auckland on Saturday. Hayden Donnell glides excitedly into the ceremony.

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Society
Jan 18, 2017

Opinion: Bob Jones can now descend back down into the abyss whence he came

Knight of the Realm Sir Bob Jones rose from his crypt yesterday and immediately yelled the first racist thing that came to mind. Hayden Donnell asks why we keep enabling this sad bully.

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Television
Jan 17, 2017

Exclusive interview: Thingee tells all about his dramatic makeover

A New Zealand television icon made a shock comeback during the cricket on Sunday. Hayden Donnell spoke to our most famous expat extraterrestrial about whether this could pave the way for a reunion with his old friend Jason Gunn.

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